8/10: Visual artist Philip Hartigan teams with a bunch of up-and-coming and established writers in Dia Del Padre. Inspired by the 1967 death of his father, Hartigan created several multimedia pieces to be on exhibit in a window gallery. The readings tonight by the writers, including Carrie Etter, Susan Shulman, and Greg Baldino, among many others, will be recorded and be part of the exhibition. 6-9:30 pm. Free. 4125 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois.~Liz

Some awesome stuff going on at Quimby’s (1854 W. North Ave) this week: first, Eliza Frye, graphic novelist and short story writer, reads from her newly published collection Regalia on Saturday, 8/11, starting at 7 pm. Her artwork is stunning: her stories, well-crafted for one of the most exciting new reads.

On Wednesday, 8/15, sharpen your pencils for David Rees. Well, maybe wait for him to sharpen your pencils, as his treatise How to Sharpen Pencils highlights his dream of opening his own artisanal pencil sharpening shop. 7 pm. Both events are free (perhaps so you can afford perfectly sharpened pencils).~Rachel and Liz

8/14: Jean Zimmerman at the Winnetka Book Stall, to read from her book The Orphan Master. Set in 1663 New Amsterdam, the novel incorporates a love story, murder mystery, and historical background of early Manhattan. 6:30 pm at the Winnetka Book Stall: 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093.~Rachel

And sad news to report as P.Fanatics dials down the fanaticism: in fact, shutting its doors. The reading series concludes 8/12, 7:30 pm at Cole’s Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave. Be prepared for a night like no other: they’re going out with, kid you not, fan fiction. Stayin’ classy with Dan Shapiro, Chris Bower, Jill Summers, Chris Terry, Shanny Jean Maney, Patrick Somerville, and Lindsay Hunter.~Liz